Police Officer - Lateral (20365816)

Law Enforcement
South Bay
$120,577.60-$175,889.35 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.



**This recruitment is for Lateral Police Officer transfers only. Candidates seeking consideration for the entry-level Trainee Police Officer will need to apply to the Police Officer Trainee recruitment.** 

To avoid delays in processing your application, please read the information contained in this job posting in its entirety prior to submitting an application.

Salary: Up to $175,889.35* 

*The max salary reflects potential Advance POST Certificate (7.5%), Crisis Intervention Training (2%), Holiday in-lieu for City Observed Holidays (5.4%), and Specialty Assignments (5%).

Campbell Police Department invites applications for the Police Officer - Lateral position. Continue your career in law enforcement by joining the Campbell Police Department and make a difference in the Campbell community. We are looking for women and men from all backgrounds who would like to make an impact in the communities they service.  We offer competitive salary and benefits. Be the one to make a difference in a community that supports our core values of Service, Justice, and Fundamental Fairness. We offer endless opportunities and the chance to make a positive impact in your community.  We recognize that excellent customer service, community partnerships and responsiveness to our communities’ needs are the foundation of superior police service.

Join our team today and learn more:

The Police Officer - Lateral position is a sworn position in the Police Department. Enforces Federal, State and Municipal laws and ordinances; performs patrol duties in cars, on motorcycles or bicycles, and on foot as required; enforces State and local traffic laws to regulate traffic, and investigates accidents; answers calls for service and the protection of life and property; makes arrests as required and testifies in court; performs crime prevention duties and community relations activities; interfaces with all City departments to insure the utmost service to the citizens of Campbell; prepares reports; services and maintains departmental equipment; may relieve or assist Records or Communications personnel.

Typical Duties: 

  • Enforces Federal, State and Municipal laws and ordinances;
  • Performs patrol duties in cars, on motorcycles or bicycles, and on foot as required;
  • Enforces State and local traffic laws to regulate traffic, and investigates accidents;
  • Answers calls for service and the protection of life and property;
  • Makes arrests as required and testifies in court;
  • Performs crime prevention duties and community relations activities;
  • Interfaces with all City departments to insure the utmost service to the citizens of Campbell;
  • Prepares reports;
  • Services and maintains departmental equipment; and
  • May relieve or assist Records or Communications personnel.

Ability to: 

  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local, State and Federal laws and reasonably interpret the technical concepts of law;
  • Use and care for firearms;
  • Remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places, and judge situations and persons accurately;
  • Work on own initiative without exacting supervision;
  • Operate special equipment such as motorcycles and bicycles;
  • Communicate utilizing standard police radio broadcasting procedures;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Prepare complete and accurate reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective public relations, and
  • Work cooperatively with others.



  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university. (college units must be completed at time of application)
  • Completion of a POST approved basic academy. 

Possession of: 

  • Valid California Driver's License
  • POST Academy Graduation Certificate
  • First Aid Card & CPR Certificate 

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and who has applied for, citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment. Application for citizenship shall not have been denied.
  • Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test; candidates must not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison.
  • Physical capacity to meet standards established by the City of Campbell
  • Weight in proportion to height.
  • 20/20 corrected vision in both eyes.  20/30 uncorrected vision (both eyes) for those wearing glasses or hard contact lenses.  Uncorrected vision requirements may be waived for persons wearing soft contact lenses upon verification of vision stability.
  • If military veteran, discharges other than honorable will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background and psychiatric examinations.

Probationary Period: Upon date of hire and 18 months following the date of swearing in as a Police Officer

An intensive background investigation will be conducted on each final candidate in accordance with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission Peace Officer Background Investigations Guidelines. Candidates will also be required to successfully pass a polygraph test administered by a licensed polygrapher, a psychological exam given by a City-selected psychologist and a medical exam by a City physician (to include a stress test EKG and general physical examination). The results of the psychological exam are valid for one year. Suitability for employment will also be based on the following POST job dimensions: problem-solving ability, learning ability, observation skills, willingness to confront problems, interest in people, interpersonal sensitivity, desire for self-improvement, dependability, integrity, credibility as a witness in a court of law, communication skills, judgment under pressure and physical ability.


Campbell Peace Officers' Association (CPOA) 

  • Retirement: CalPERS - Formula dependent on hire date and member status in CalPERS. Please see our benefit summary for more information.
  • Health Insurance: Effective January 1, 2023, the monthly Cafeteria Plan Allowance: Based on selected level of coverage, as follows: Employee Only Coverage: $913.74; Employee Plus One Coverage: $1,827.48, Employee Plus Family: $2,375.72 to use towards a CalPERS medical plan or cash out opt: $750/month.
  • Vision/Dental Insurance: The City pays the monthly premium for employees and their eligible dependents through VSP and Delta Dental.
  • Deferred Compensation: City contributes $20 per pay period Mission Square Retirement 457 Plan available.* *For CPOA members the City will contribute $20 per pay period towards a Section 457 deferred compensation plan for each member who matches this City contribution by making their own contribution of $20 per pay period to a Section 457 account. The member’s match of $20 per pay period required by this section must be above and beyond any existing contribution the member is already making to a Section 457 account, unless the member’s contribution would result in the member’s account exceeding annual contribution limits.
  • VEBA Plan (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association): City contributes $170 per pay period
  • Vacation: Accruals are based on length of service. Employees can earn 11-21 days of vacation based on years of service.
  • Sick: Accrued at an unlimited rate of 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period.
  • Holiday: In exchange for holiday pay, members in CPOA will receive 5.4% in lieu pay. New employees receive the appropriate prorated portion of this entitlement upon hire.
  • Uniform Allowance: $1,100/year. New employees receive the appropriate prorated portion of this entitlement upon hire.
  • Life Insurance: $50,000 + $50,000 AD&D Life Rate is .27 cents per $1,000: AD&D rate is .04 cents per $1,000
  • Tuition Reimbursement: up to $3,000 per fiscal year
  • Bilingual Pay: $100 if eligible 

Special Instructions

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

IMPORTANT: Applications are only accepted online. Emailed or faxed will not be accepted. 
Resumes should be attached separately. Please do not substitute “see resume” on the employment history section of the applications. Your application will be rejected if any of the required documents are not included in your application packet.

Following initial screening of applications and supplemental questions, those applicants with the most appropriate qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please call City of Campbell Human Resources at 408-866-2122 or email

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Campbell will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Division. The City of Campbell is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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